Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
? It doesn't matter. You don’t have to speak a word of German to get a real laugh out of this comic collection of frightful faux pas.
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The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.
- Frederic Bastiat
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.
- Margaret Thatcher
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
- H.L. Mencken
All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.
- Marshall McLuhan
It is like information theory; it is noise posing as signal so you do not even recognize it as noise. The intelligence agencies call it disinformation. If you can float enough disinformation into circulation you will totally abolish everyone's contact with reality, probably your own included.
- Philip K. Dick
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
- Henry Kissinger
Hegel, installed from above, by the powers that be, as the certified Great Philosopher, was a flat-headed, insipid, nauseating, illiterate charlatan, who reached the pinnacle of audacity in scribbling together and dishing up the craziest mystifying nonsense. This nonsense has been noisily proclaimed as immortal wisdom by mercenary followers and readily accepted as such by all fools, who joined into as perfect a chorus of admiration as had ever been heard before. The extensive field of spiritual influence with which Hegel was furnished by those in power has enabled him to achieve the intellectual corruption of a whole generation.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
German schadenfreude knows no bounds, particularly when it comes to the United States. The country loves to feel superior to a superpower like America. Yet Germany also harbors a childish infatuation with Obama — one which has little political grounding. The reasons are psychological. …The criticism of America has always been a bit infantile. One is familiar with the theory from psychoanalysis, when people talk about transference, or when suppressed feelings or emotions are overcome by projecting them onto others. It may work for a while, improving one’s feeling of self-worth by devaluing an imagined adversary. But it always falls short. Which is why the ritual must be constantly carried out anew.
- Jan Fleischhauer
Intellectuals, in the words of the writer Eric Hoffer, "cannot operate at room temperature." They are excited by daring opinions, clever theories, sweeping ideologies, and utopian visions of the kind that caused so much trouble during the 20th century. The kind of reason that expands moral sensibilities comes not from grand intellectual "systems" but from the exercise of logic, clarity, objectivity, and proportionality.
- Steven Pinker
The difference between Greek pessimism and the oriental and modern variety is that the Greeks had not made the discovery that the pathetic mood may be idealized, and figure as a higher form of sensibility. Their spirit was still too essentially masculine for pessimism to be elaborated or lengthily dwelt on in their classic literature... The discovery that the enduring emphasis, so far as this world goes, may be laid on its pain and failure, was reserved for races more complex, and (so to speak) more feminine than the Hellenes had attained to being in the classic period.
- William James
A doctrine must not be understood, but has rather to be believed in. We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand. A doctrine that is understood is shorn of its strength. Once we understand a thing, it is as if it had originated in us. And, clearly, those who are asked to renounce the self and sacrifice it cannot see eternal certitude in anything which originates in that self.
- Eric Hoffer
Les hommes ne croient jamais les autres capables de ce qu' ils ne le sont pas eux-mêmes.
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Now who will be sitting at this table in 45 years and what kind of food will be brought in bei the “buckelige Verwandschaft”?
Kabsah, shawarma, and doner kebab?
Germans have nobody to blame but themselves for this. Just like every other European country (and a fair bit of America too).
Oooooh, it’s bad for the environment to have kids! Ooooooh it’s so selfish to bring children into this world! Oooooh, but I want to pursue my professional career and be able to buy that new, big arse Mercedes (which kinda gives the lie to the environment and the selfish stuff, but I digress). Oooooh, but a woman doesn’t need men or kids (and men don’t need to be tied down by a family when all they really need is a one night hook-up, er love) — doesn’t my Chihuaha/Italian Greyhound look adorable in his new outfit/ check out my new video game shelf cozy?!
And people couldn’t leave it at their own stupid, narcissitic hang-ups: they had to harass anyone who might just still believe in getting married and having kids (and voted in government that helped in that harassment too I might add).
Well, enjoy your freaking declining years suckers! Yeah, I’m bitter: I’ve got a big family; I’m from a big family; my husband is from a big family (the ones who came to the States, the ones in Germany are hopeless); we’re a military family — we’re getting tired of doing that though; why sign up to serve selfish brat ingrates?
It’s strange with this demographic time bomb everybody’s sitting on – not just in Germany, but here it might be more obvious. On the one hand it’s not like it’s some collective decision to have all of these one-kid families (if you have any kids at all), they’re just being “vernünftig” (sensible or reasonable), or at least that’s what they’re telling themselves. On the other hand when you place it against the backdrop of all this never-ending moaning and groaning and despair and doomsday, you can’t help but think that it’s some form of time-delayed collective suicide (Germans don’t really care for Germans, after all). And what you say about selfishness is right on the money. It comes with the affluence – and with a lack of responsibility. Who do they have to be responsible for? People who have never actually had kids don’t necessarily cross this invisible line from childhood (irresponsibility) to adulthood (responsibility). Or parenthood, in this case, but it comes down to the same thing.
It’s a cultural thing. If you’ve been told for generations that 1) you can “have it all” (whatever that was supposed to be, any way it’s a lie); 2) being responsible = not having kids; and finally 3) that it’s “the end of the world as we know it” apres moi, le deluge nihilistic bs, then you are not going to have kids. They all kind of work together.
Once you get rid of all the decent little hobbits in your society (and it isn’t about race, skin color, or whatever) then indeed you’ve got yourself a bit of self-fulfilling prophecy. There are no decent little hobbits left, and the few that are get pretty well “sod off wanker” once they realize they’ve been stabbed in the back. Societal/civilizational collapse ahoy.
The only remedy is to try and grow a new crop of decent little hobbits, and let them do their thing — but that means giving up on some tightly held and greatly supported thoughts. Are people un-narcissist and un-arrogant enough to do that? At this point I’m not giving it good odds.
Case in point: one of my husband’s German relatives gave up her 7 yo. son for adoption because after having him up to that point, she figured that motherhood was “a barrier to her self-actualization” (whatever the heck that is supposed to mean). She always struck me as a completely off her rocker hippie, but her husband supported her in this (wtf?!), and there were those that defended it. That’s some messed up bs right there, so messed up as to be completely unbelievable — that’s an example of the mindset that’s been festering — kinda late in the game to cauterize that wound if you ask me.
She and the husband (and their daughter they had later, once motherhood became self-actualizing again I guess) now live in Sedona. ‘Nuf said there.
Personally, I wouldn’t have let them into the country.